I'm hopeful about the tourney as well, but just in case the Knights do fall, I've assembled an Emergency Preparedness Kit for us Gannon faithful. If you're disappointed and depressed that the season is over, just click on the links below so you can see how two other clubs fared this season:
I thought Hilbert's 0-25 campaign ended painfully when they tallied only 20 points in their season finale. But maybe your offensive ineptness isn't that offensive when your season scoring average (30.6 points per game) is just a hair above your turnover average (30.4 per game) and you shoot 23.9% from the field for the year.
But Hilbert's season-capper crapper wasn't as bad as 0-28 Salem International's 127-25 crisis at Charleston in the first round of the WVIAC conference tournament. Whoever's idea it was that "everybody makes the playoffs in the WVIAC" should be shot -- no, wait -- should be forced to watch every dreadful second of Salem/Charleston. (The official stats for that game can be accessed here: www.wviac.org/sports/wbball/09wbkbHTML/uc302.htm)
I'm not sure what's my favorite part of the box score:
- Salem had only 5 players in uniform, so when Melissa Anger picked up her fifth foul with 2 minutes left in the first half, that meant the rest of the game was 5-on-4.
- Charleston held a 59-18 advantage on the boards, a more than 3-to-1 advantage.
- Charleston made more field goals (53) than Salem attempted (48).
- Charleston made more 3-point field goals (12) than Salem made total field goals (11).
- Except for Jessica Lockett (12 points, 6 TOs), every other Salem player had more TOs than points.
- Salem's Ashley Garcia played 40 minutes yet registered 0 points, 3 TOs and just 1 rebound and 1 assist. She didn't even attempt a field goal. What was she doing all game -- sitting in the corner?
So, just in case Gannon's dream season should end in the Atlantic Region tournament, don't pout. Just say to yourself, "At least we didn't lose by 102 points."